Board of Appeals

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1. Purpose

There shall be and is hereby created a Board of Appeals consisting of six (6) individuals, who are qualified by experience and training to pass judgment upon matters pertaining to building construction. The Building Official shall be a non-voting, ex-officio member and shall act as Secretary to the Board. The Board of Appeals shall be appointed by the City Council and shall hold meetings as required. The Board may adopt reasonable rules and regulations for conducting activities and investigations. The Board may adopt reasonable rules and regulations for conducting activities and investigations. The Board shall render all decisions and findings in writing with a copy provided to the appellant.

2. Responsibilities

  1. To review, on appeal by the applicant, all requests for exception under this Code which have been reviewed and denied by the Building Official;

  2. To grant exceptions to the requirements of the International Building Code for the repair, rehabilitation or change of occupancy of existing buildings where the planned repairs, rehabilitation or change of occupancy would not otherwise comply with the provisions of the Code. No exception shall be authorized hereunder unless the Board of Appeals finds the following conditions existing: 1. The building was constructed more than twenty-five (25) years before the adoption of the present Code. 2. The Board finds, upon completion of the proposed repair, rehabilitation or change of occupancy will not diminish the safety and welfare of the occupants.

  3. To monitor and evaluate on an ongoing basis, the effectiveness and application of the provisions of Codes and any rules, regulations, or procedures promulgated thereunder to determine their impact on the rehabilitation of existing buildings. Pursuant to this responsibility, the Board of Appeals shall gather information, conduct studies, and make appropriate reports and recommendations related to the application of these provisions, the decisions of the appellate body, and the experience of other jurisdictions.

  4. To adopt guidelines to be used by the Building Official in determining compliance with this chapter.

  5. To recommend to the City Council guidelines to be adopted by the City Council to expand this Code

3. Members

  • Todd Blixt

  • Brian Carlson

  • James Glick

  • Bob Klave
  • Scott Meland
  • Gene Youngdahl


Bev Collings, 746-2631

Committee of the Whole

  • Date: 03/26/2018 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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Committee of the Whole

Monday, March 26, 2018 – 5:30 p.m.

Council Chambers


Notice is hereby given that the Grand Forks City Council will meet on the above date and time, in the City Council Chambers, 255 North Fourth Street, Grand Forks, North Dakota. Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the ADA coordinator at least 24 hours prior to this meeting at 746-2665.


1.         CALL TO ORDER:


1.1       Welcome and Roll Call:




2.1       Project Update for City Project No. 7757 – ND State Mill and Elevator Railroad Spur Expansion Project


2.2       Request for Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Metropolitan Planning Organization (GF-EGF MPO) to consider possible elimination of potential future bridges over the Red River for local traffic


2.3       Approve Plans & Specifications:


a)         Project No. 7776, Upgrade Controls & Drives in Flood Pump Stations #201, 204, 207, 208

b)         Project Nos. 7888,7889 and 7890, Districts Nos. 549, 337, and 550, Sanitary Sewer, Watermain, and Storm Sewer for Crary’s 8th Addn


2.4       Award Bids:


a)         Project #7874 - ARV Tee Replacement Between Demers & Wastewater Treatment Plant


b)         Projects No. 7794.1, District No. 715.1 – Mill & Overlay for N 20th St (University Ave to Gateway Dr.), Project No. 7794.2, District No. 715.2 – Mill & Overlay for S 20th St (24th Ave S to 32nd Ave S), Project No. 7794.3, District No. 715.3 – Mill & Overlay for Belmont Rd (Park Dr. to 32nd Ave S), Project No. 7794.4, District No. 715.4 – Mill & Overlay  for 27th Ave S (S 20th St to 28th Ave S), S 19th St (25th Ave S to 27th Ave S), and 25th Ave S (S 19th St to S 20th St), Project No. 7794.5, - Overlay for 62nd Ave S (S Washington St to 500’ west of Belmont Rd), and Project No. 7718, District No. 712 – Adams Drive Reconstruction (Desiree Dr. to 62nd Ave S)

c)         Project No. 7668, District No. 213, Street Lights for 45th Ave S (S 25th St to Columbia Rd), Project No. 7810, District No. 215, Street Lights for 12th Ave N and N 53rd St (10th Ave N to N 55th St), and Project No. 7811, District No. 216, Street Lights for S 48th St and S 47th St (Demers Ave to 11th Ave S)


d)         Project No.7800, District No. 718–Paving/Street Lights on 47th Ave. S (S20th St–Columbia)

e)         Project Nos. 7807 and 7808, District Nos. 546 and 335 – Storm Sewer & Watermain for 57th Ave. South (S. 11th – Washington)

f)         Project No. 7830 – 2018 Street Light Maintenance – Sunbeam Area

2.5       Approve CPMA for Project No. 7823, 2018 School Sign Replacement


2.6       Approve Construction Engineering Services Agreement for Project No. 7567, Columbia & 17th Turn Lanes


2.7       Approve Construction Engineering Services Agreement for Project No. 7591, South Washington St. & 44th Traffic Signal


2.8       Award Bid #2018-13, 2018 Fleet Vehicles


2.9       Award Bid #2018-14, Public Works Street Division Patching Machines


2.10     Award Bid #2018-15, Public Works Operations Roll Off Truck


2.11     Award Bid #2018-7, 2018 Public Works Mowing & Maintenance


2.12     Award Bid – Project No. 7902, 2018 Residual Pond Rip Rap


2.13     Wastewater Treatment Plant Pump Purchase


2.14     Cost Participation and Maintenance Agreement for City Project 7916 – Mill and Overlay Washington Street from Hammerling to 8th Avenue N


3.           OTHER BUSINESS:


4.           ANNOUNCEMENTS:


 5.           ADJOURNMENT:

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